Position: Associate Professor
Working at: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences
Work Address: Kamycka 129, Prague 6-Suchdol, 16521
Personal Website: http://home.czu.cz/en/polesny/
Research Activities: My research aims to identifying novel crops (underutilized species with promising economic value) their conservation and domestication to contribute to food security, nutrition and health of the smallholder farming communities in the tropics.
We conduct ethnoecological studies of smallholder’s farming systems with the aim to determine cultivated and wild plant diversity and traditional practices related to production and use of plant resources in tropical agroecosystems using qualitative and quantitative ethnobotanical approaches including studies of agrobiodiversity in homegardens and allotments, documentation of traditional knowledge of local peasants, indigenous groups and migrant communities, use and management of neglected and underutilized crops, potential use of wild plants for food and industry, and folk taxonomy studies.
Fields of Expertise: Agroforestry, Agronomy, Botany, Ethnobiology, Farming systems